Moors inspire creative peaks in art competition

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Tuesday 10 May 2005

10 May 2005

Moors inspire creative peaks in art competition

Amateur artists, poets and photographers are being invited to let their imaginations soar over the Peak District moorlands in a free competition that could lead to public recognition.

The winning artworks will have pride of place in an exhibition and book entitled "Personal Reflections of the Peak District Moors", promoting the beauty of these wild, sweeping landscapes to a wider audience.

The competition is organised by the Moors for the Future Partnership, which is restoring the threatened habitats of the northern Peak District moors in a five-year, £4.7m project involving re-seeding by helicopter, with help from landowners.

The three top prize winners will each win a pair of tickets on Pennine Helicopters' Moorland Experience flight on October 2, swooping down over the Moors for the Future restoration sites around Bleaklow, near Glossop.

Entrants, who must be amateur, are invited to submit up to three pieces of work inspired by the moorlands since January 1 this year, in one of seven categories: printing, poetry, photography, animation, painting, papermaking or sketching.

They will be judged in three sections: under-17s, over-17s (on the closing-date, August 30 2005) and an overall winner.To download an entry form, go to

To help get the creative flow started, Moors for the Future is holding summer workshops with expert tutors:

22 May - Beginners Poetry Workshop with award-winning poet Bert Flitcroft (Castleton). £8.

26 May - Photography Workshop and Fieldwork with Ray Fowler (Castleton Photographic Society). £6.

3 June - Animations/Cartoons Workshop with Anne Barron (Longshaw) Adults £6, children £4.

4 June - Painting Workshop (Edale) - in watercolour, paint or pastels. £30

22 June - Experienced Poets Workshop with Bert Flitcroft (Castleton). £8.

10 July - Papermaking Workshop with Chris Hughes (Crowden) using moorland plants. £35

21 July - Field Sketching and Local History Workshop (Fox House) with author and illustrator Brian Edwards. £20.

Places are limited and booking is essential (ring the Moors for the Future office on 01433 621656 for further information or visit our website).

Moors for the Future began in 2002, to reverse damage to some of the world's rarest habitats caused by erosion, pollution, fires and over-grazing. Blanket bog, such as that found on Bleaklow, is found in only four places in the world, and is more threatened than the Amazonian rainforest.

It is run by a partnership of 12 organisations with a stake in the future of the moors, and is funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Issued on behalf of the Moors for the Future Project

This is an archived press release

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